The Art Of Fencing
Whether we consider it as an art form for pure enjoyment or a science of weapons and strategies, a method of education or a sport, fencing draws from its ancient tradition with a long record of achievements and the formation of champions and masters who command respect.
As a sport, it is postulated in Spain that would have originated in that country with the rapier sword, weapon forms part of clothing or chivalrous instrument, although the use of modern fencing weapons emerged in the late Renaissance simultaneously across Europe.
Fencing outfits are made of tough cotton or nylon. Kevlar was added to top level uniform pieces (jacket, breeches, underarm protector, lamé, and the bib of the mask) following the Smirnov incident at the 1982 World Championships in Rome. However, Kevlar breaks down in chlorine and UV light, complicating the cleaning process.
BECAUSE IT IS BOTH A PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SPORT, IT IS EXTREMELY STRESS REDUCING. THE MIND IS FOCUSED ON A GAME, AND THE BODY IS PRODUCING FEEL-GOOD ENDORPHINS, RESULTING IN A WIN-WIN SITUATION AS FAR AS THE BODY IS CONCERNED.
INCREASED AEROBIC FITNESS:
IT SUPPORTS HEART HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH BY INCREASING OXYGEN IN THE BLOOD AND RELEASING ENDORPHINS THAT LEAD TO A POSITIVE SENSE OF WELL-BEING. THE EXTRA OXYGEN RELEASED IN THE BLOOD ALSO HEIGHTEN CIRCULATION, BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND ENHANCE THE BODY’S ABILITY TO REMOVE POLLUTANTS SUCH AS CARBON DIOXIDE AND LACTIC ACID.
AS THE RESPIRATORY RATE INCREASES AND DEEPENS DURING A MATCH, THE OXYGEN LEVELS IN THE BLOOD RISE. WHEN THE HEART RATE INCREASES, THE SMALL BLOOD VESSELS, OR CAPILLARIES, WIDEN. BY DOING SO REGULARLY, IT MAKES THE HEART STRONGER, PUMPING BLOOD MORE EFFICIENTLY- EVEN WHEN NOT EXERCISING.
SINCE FENCING IS AN OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE SPORT, BALANCE IS KEY. THE CONSTANT MOTION STRENGTHENS THE CORE AND INCREASES BALANCE IN DAY TO DAY LIFE AS WELL.
UNLIKE CYCLIC SPORTS SUCH AS RUNNING AND ROWING, FENCING REQUIRES THE BODY TO MOVE IN FULL RANGE, FORCING ARMS AND LEGS TO WORK TOGETHER IN A HARMONIOUS FASHION AS THEY ATTACK, DEFEND AND COUNTER ATTACK. COORDINATION MAKES ALL THESE MOVES SMOOTHER AND MORE EFFICIENT DURING A MATCH.